Paragon Rapid Technologies is one of the UK’s leading additive manufacturing specialists. The company has built a reputation for manufacturing high-quality end parts and prototypes for industrial clients across a wide range of industries, including global brands like Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Aston Martin.
With its 3D printing facility growing exponentially, how does Paragon use AMFG to ensure that its entire AM workflow, from request to production management, remains as efficient as possible?
Since its founding, Paragon Rapid Technologies has continued to push the boundaries of what is possible with manufacturing. Recently becoming the UK’s first production partner with Carbon, the partnership adds Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology to Paragon’s already expansive repertoire of 3D printing technologies, which includes Stereolithography (SLA) and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). The company also offers a range of traditional manufacturing services, such as CNC machining and vacuum casting.
However, with an ever-expanding client base, Paragon faced the challenge of managing the large volume of incoming requests it receives on a daily basis. The Paragon team needed to process incoming requests, schedule different jobs and keep track of the parts being manufactured along the production workflow.
Initially, manual and paper-based processes were used to track key information, such as incoming requests. Production engineers, therefore, needed to spend a significant amount of time assessing each request and generating quotations. This also meant that information needed to be updated and shared manually, creating a lack of traceability from request to production.
The inefficiency of the process meant that Paragon was on the search for a way to achieve a “paperless” production process.